Kerry Writer’s Museum offers a Genealogy Service for visitors and locals looking to trace their ancestral links in North Kerry. The Museum has been the central orientation point for Tourism, Culture and Heritage in the greater Listowel region of North County Kerry since opening its doors in 2001.

From this vantage point, we have developed a strong network with local historians, heritage experts, writers and researchers. It is their unique and encyclopaedic knowledge of the local people and their stories, combined with access to local records and resources, that has enabled the development of our Genealogy Service.

Our Genealogy Service researcher has amassed a bulk of local knowledge as well as using online resources to assist you with your search.

Despite having had many success stories to date, not everyone has Irish ancestors that are easily traced. Irish genealogy research can be very challenging at times, and most Family Trees will have the “Brick Wall Ancestor” that brings research to a halt.

We like to ensure that we will be able to find records regarding your ancestor/s, before we pursue any further detailed research. In line with this, we recommend the following course of action:

  1.  Complete and submit the Ancestry Profile Form

This can be done by clicking on the button below, complete and submit the Ancestry Profile Form, or by visiting us in person at: 24 The Square, Listowel, County Kerry.

  1. Initial Search Assessment: €10

Once we have received your Ancestry Profile Form and the €10 fee (this can be paid online via our website, over the phone by card, or in person), we will conduct an in depth search to ascertain what kind (if any) of information exists. This search enables us to provide you with a synopsis of our findings and recommendations for further action.

  1. Family History Report: €20 per hour

An estimated final fee will usually be discussed with you in advance of your report being compiled. Should any extra research or miscellaneous document fees arise during this process, these will be discussed with you before the work is carried out, or any purchases are made on your behalf.

Your report will include an explanatory lineage chart and a comprehensive breakdown of all findings, including copies of relevant documents e.g Civil and Church records, Census records, etc.

We will also provide copies of any supporting documentation, maps of relevant sites, oral or social history references and useful links and contacts.